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  1. HAHAHA that is the best! I love it!

    I’ve been following this blog for so many years and I want to share something. A month ago I had to put my beloved 17 year old cat down. (Side rant, it makes me so angry when my local kill shelter calls their killing “euthanasia.” I nursed my kitty like a baby and exhausted every possible resource to save her. For them to call what they do “euthanasia” is a slap in the face to those of us who have had to face the real thing. I know you understand. End of rant.)

    Anyway, I found myself browsing Petfinder after she died. I found an adorable Persian via a rescue a few hours away so I drove there today to get him. He is still scared and hiding, but his foster mom shared some photos of him with me. Check out this one. I guess he sits like this all the time. I love him :)


    1. Thank you for giving your cat such loving care for 17 years, right through to the end. I hope we’ll get to see more pictures of Sitting Kitty as soon as he gets comfortable. (From this picture, it’s hard to imagine him being UNcomfortable!)

    2. Giving another cat a home after a loss like that is a very kind thing to do. It’s a legacy of love from those who came before.

  2. Press release from No Kill Colorado this week.

    Colorado Animal Shelters top 100,000 Dog & Cat Adoptions in 2015

    Milestone reached for the first time ever, but there is still much work to be done.

    Denver CO June 6, 2016, (eReleases) — Colorado shelters surpassed 100,000 dog and cat adoptions for the first time ever according to statistics released by the Colorado Department of Agriculture today, hitting 100,282. Including rabbits, hamsters, birds, and others, 105,340 animals were adopted overall.

    “This is a tremendous milestone,” said Davyd Smith, president of No Kill Colorado. “Not only because we topped 100,000 adoptions, but because Colorado has the most communities saving 90% or more of all animals in the country and is poised to become the first verifiable No Kill state. In terms of saving lives, Colorado is setting the pace nationally.”

    Overall, 86% of Colorado dogs were saved (90% if out of state dogs are included), 83% of cats were saved, 74% of birds, 87% of rabbits, 85% of “pocket pets” (other small mammals), 96% of reptiles, and 83% of fish and “farmed” animals.

    “There was great hope that Colorado would save 90% or more of all the animals,” said Nathan Winograd, the national director for the No Kill Advocacy Center which tracks shelter save rates nationwide. “Except for reptiles, that did not occur, which means animals continue to be killed needlessly, but Colorado is close and exceeds many states.”

    Unfortunately, not all communities shared in the success. Moreover, some communities continue to ban dogs based on the way they look. While Colorado bans new breed-discriminatory legislation, it has grandfathered in existing laws and cities like Denver and Aurora continue to ban and kill healthy and friendly “pit bulls.”

    “While we should be immensely gratified and Colorado approaching a 90% save rate for dogs is something to celebrate, clearly there are still lots of animals being needlessly killed and more work to be done,” said Smith. “Indeed, some large No Kill communities such as Austin Texas, save 96% of all pets and others are saving 98%, even 99%. We can do better and we can do this statewide.”

    More than 30,000 homeless pets were imported into the state in 2015, Smith noted. This creates additional stress on the system to save Colorado pets. “We should absolutely help our neighbors when we can, but are we doing it at the expense of local pets?” adds Smith.

    Colorado’s statewide statistics can be found here: https://goo.gl/u1yuRS

    For a website that tracks shelter save rates nationwide, including Colorado’s: http://www.saving90.org/

    No Kill Colorado
    No Kill Colorado is a 501(c)3 that advocates for the implementation of the No Kill Equation in Colorado’s shelters. They have been active in rural adoption, spay/neuter, and shelter change programs since 2011.

    Davyd Smith
    President and Spokesperson
    No Kill Colorado
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  3. A dog adopted out by Corpus Cristi animal control a year ago is picked up on the fourth in terrible/clearly abused condition. When people start demanding an investigation, he suddenly becomes an owner surrender (impossible, they were closed the day he came in). Oh, and those kisses he gave all of the volunteers? That was him trying to eat everyone alive. Because he also became human aggressive when he turned into an owner surrender. That meant he had to die even though people where trying to rescue and adopt him.


    1. I hope you can get some answers. This is standard operating procedure for the “old” MAS and it sounds as if it’s starting to surface again. I am so sorry for the mom and pups, in addition to the rescuers who were trying to do what they could to get these precious animals to safety. Please be sure to update us . . . most of us have been following MAS for a long while. Thank you for trying, at least. RIP BABIES! You deserved so much better.


      2. Someone posted on the Big Fluffy Dogs link that the new director has suspended both employees involved in this situation and they are going to have a hearing scheduled in the next few days to determine what happened and what kind of discipline is warranted.

        Which, honestly, is more than ever happened on Pepper’s or Rodger’s watch. There were be discussion about how the employee was disciplined and retraining was needed – over and over again.

        I have hopes that the new director will take shit like this seriously.

    1. No, those puppies are gone, but hopefully it’s the beginning of some REAL change at MAS. More hopeful than I’ve been in a really long time. RIP pups

  4. Does anyone have a good source for sample ordinances to end/regulate/restrict backyard breeders that are effective?

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